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Soon after something frustrated me, there was always an opportunity to take that frustration out on someone else... or refuse to. It was as if the devil tempted, yet God was asking for me to be strong enough to "hold that ball" without passing it to another. He was asking me to help stop the pain and the hurt. I can't say I was perfect, but I became kinder. My family became happier; every relationship got better. We loved more... laughed more. I felt as if it were the road to redemption - one act of self control at a time, replacing bad stuff with good stuff. I got there though, walking each simple step on God's road, upon a love so pure.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), June 13, 2018.
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"...Oh, Take me to church,
I've done so many bad things it hurts
yeah, Take me to church
but not the ones that hurt
'Cause that ain't the truth
And that's not what it's worth
Yeah, take me to church
oh, take me to church
I've done so many bad things it hurts
Yeah, get me to church
but not the ones that hurt
'Cause that ain't the truth
And that's not what it's worth..."

By Angela Abraham (daisy), March 3, 2015.

Authored by Sinead O'Connor - Take Me To Church, here.

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I sat at the table playing poker with that joker, Satan. He deals with a grin, that founder of sin. “Boy,” he says, “You can’t win.” I pick up my hand, and it is not so grand. I see two eights, a king, and two twos. I try not to react, but he sees though the pack. I throw down the eights; take a chance with my fate.

“Two, please, Mr. Devil Man.” He deals himself none, as if he already won. He throws two to my place, and once more, he reads my face. I have zip, a five and a four. I hoped for more. He opens his lips in his devil smile, “What’s your bet, Boy?” I can’t fold, but I have no gold.

“How about your soul?” Is he bluffing and lying? I can’t give in. If I lose, I’m dying.

“Okay, one soul and what will you bet?”

He whispers, “The best I say. I’ll leave you alone for a day.”

“You win,” I’m about to give in, when blood pours on my cards.

I turn about, and The Man on the cross shouts, “Boy, My blood covers your sin.” I turn my cards and sing, “Four aces and One King.”

By wmack99, February 19, 2015.

Bill McDonald.

General

Redemption is the light that finds you after the despair of guilt. When remorse wracks you and you would do anything to make amends, that's when He finds you and tells you it's alright, you can be more, you can be better, you can walk in His ways. Then your path is His path. You learn a bit at a time to live with more love and less judgement. You learn to accept that you'll never be perfect and you're only a small cog in the machine that is the world, yet He loves you and your part is important. He takes your sin away, leaving you clean and whole again.

By charlottamodine9, October 20, 2014.
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Redemption. Forgiveness. Was there a way I could make up for all of the horrible things I had done? Was there a way I could become someone better? Or would I always be Kari Donahue, the little trouble maker? The angry girl who refuses to talk about her past and has no future? How could I be better? How could I help the people I loved so dearly?

By phoenix, June 25, 2014.
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In my mind, redemption takes the form of a small plant, sitting in the sunlight. Its leaves and vines curl upwards, towards the sky. Redemption is hope and forgiveness. It is striving to do better after being wrong.

By phoenix, August 4, 2015.